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Armed man on crutches robs washateria in Houston's East End, police say

Police said this man is responsible for an armed robbery of a washateria in Houston's East End on Nov. 4, 2018.
Police said this man is responsible for an armed robbery of a washateria in Houston's East End on Nov. 4, 2018. (HPD)

HOUSTON – Houston police said a man on crutches is responsible for the robbery of a washateria earlier this month.

On Nov. 4 around 10:15 a.m., police said two men entered the washateria at 803 South Sgt. Macario Garcia Drive, in Houston's East End.

One of the men had a wet shirt and asked an employee if he could dry it. The other man, who was on crutches, asked to borrow a phone, police said.

When the man on crutches finished using the phone, police said he demanded money from the employee. When the employee refused, the man flashed a handgun he had in his shorts, police said.

The two men then left the scene in an unknown direction. It is not clear if they got away with any money.

Houston police described both men as Hispanic. One of the men was about 25 to 30 years old, about 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighs about 180 to 190 pounds and was wearing a blue shirt and dark pants, according to police. Police said the other man was about 20 to 25 years old, about 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighs about 150 to 170 pounds and was wearing gray shorts and a white shirt.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or online here.